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Print National 2 gets rave reviews

Don’t miss the SHY RABBIT Print National 2: A National Juried Exhibition, on exhibit at SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts through Sunday, Oct. 17.

This national print exhibition has received rave reviews since opening on Sept. 4, and has been hailed as one of SHY RABBIT’s most successful and ambitious efforts to date, for the scope and the quality of the prints on display.

The juror selected for this prestigious second annual exhibition is Yuji Hiratsuka, professor of art, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon.

A national call for entries resulted in the receipt of 505 submissions from 150 artists located throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Hiratsuka selected a total of 90 pieces for inclusion in the SHY RABBIT Print National 2, representing 45 printmakers from 21 states, Canada and the UK.

This work was chosen based on technical execution, presentation, originality and consistency.

The 45 printmakers selected by the juror for inclusion include several nationally and internationally recognized university professors/heads of printmaking departments, in addition to a number of highly regarded mid-career and emerging artists.

The prints on display include a wide range of contemporary etchings, lithography, woodcuts, monotypes, intaglio, serigraphs, artist-made papers, and often incorporate mixed media.

Two provocative prints by Ohio artist and art educator Helen Hoffelt are proudly featured in the Print National 2.

“Untitled 8 – From Frozen Time Series” measures 24x30 (framed) and is edition 1/12. “Untitled 12” hails from the same series, and is edition 1/10.

Both of Hoffelt’s images were produced with the use of solar plates and photogravure processes.

Hoffelt comments about the Frozen Time Series, “I started this series of photographs two years ago by photographing the eyes of my family at the funeral of my beloved aunt.

“After the funeral, my sisters and I sat around with our cousins to relate, rehear and remember family histories.”

This series is about freezing moments of past for examination. Hoffelt believes that by exploring our history, we can investigate how our past influences and changes our future.

“Memories are not uniform”, Hoffelt continues. “They are textured, layered, and vary in size, shape, and importance.

“We smooth the edges of what happens to us, picking out the things we think are the most important to store and replay. By stopping time for inspection we can explore our perimeters.

“As the world changes around us, our perceptions change too”, Hoffelt concludes. “Our perception of the world forms our memories into something ugly or attractive. Reality is influenced by how we see it.”

Hoffelt received her bachelor of fine arts degree in illustrative photography from the Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD), Columbus, Ohio, in 1982.

She earned her master of fine arts degree in photography from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y., in 1991.

Hoffelt currently serves as associate professor for the Division of Media Studies at CCAD. Previous to that, she served as visiting professor of photography at he Studio Arts Center International in Florence, Italy; and as instructor of photography at Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont.

Hoffelt’s work has been shown in dozens of solo, two-person, and group exhibitions nationally, and is included in numerous photography and printmaking publications.

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts: Gallery, Studio and Workshops is located at 333 Bastille Drive, two blocks north of U.S. 160, off of North Pagosa Boulevard.  The 4,000 square-foot arts facility houses a ceramic studio and fine art gallery, two mixed-media workshops, and two large exhibition spaces.

SHY RABBIT presents four to six exhibitions annually in its gallery. Workshops are also offered regularly in ceramics and printmaking, instructed by professional artist and SHY RABBIT Creative Director D. Michael Coffee.

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, and evenings by appointment. This event is free and open to the public.

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